Major Field: European History
Adviser: Jay M. Smith
BA Colgate University
MA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA Thesis: “Republicanism without a Republic: Political Culture in Consular France, 1799–1804”
PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
Broadly speaking, I am interested in French colonialism during the eighteenth century, particularly in India and the Indian Ocean; the role of credit within early-modern economies; and the relationship between French overseas commerce and conceptions of patriotism and state service in the Old Regime. My dissertation explores each of these themes through the commercial and institutional history of the Compagnie des Indes, France’s privileged trading corporation in India, from 1719–1769.More specifically, it shows how the Compagnie’s attempts to navigate a series of foreign markets on the Indian subcontinent exposed the growing incompatibility of public and private interest within the French state—raising, in the process, vital questions about the reciprocal obligations of king and subject and spawning a newly public and critical discourse about privilege and monopolism.